PB PRUI (Indonesian Rugby Union Association) and Ryutsu Keizai University (RKU) from Japan successfully introduced Rugby to 3,707 children in 8 (eight) different Provinces in Indonesia. This program is carried out with the collaboration Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and it is the fourth visit in the last 3 (three) years.
This year visit began on February 13, 2020 and went for one month. A total of 8 (eight) students and 1 (one) Professor from RKU also developed the capacity of rugby coaches and trainers, referees, and Rugby medic. The Provinces that they visited this year were DKI Jakarta, Banten, East Java, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, Central Java, South Kalimantan, Lampung, West Java and Bali.
PB PRUI Chairman, Didik Mukrianto gives his highest appreciation to Prof. Makoto Nishiki and his students, who for the last 3 (years) have helped introduce Rugby to more than 12,000 children in Indonesia. Japan is one of the top Rugby Country in Asia and has always been leading by example to all countries in Asia. Indonesia has always considered Japan as our elder brother in Rugby.
Prof. Makoto Nishiki in their final report of their activities explained how big the potential and enthusiasm of Rugby in Indonesia. In some provinces, most hard works are done by the young university students. They were in charge to run a Rugby Festival that involved more than a dozen schools and universities. Makoto believes Rugby in Indonesia will develop rapidly but need to have a long-term goal just like how Japan Rugby when they set their goals for Rugby World Cup 2019.
In the future, we are hoping for more of the Indonesia – Japan Rugby collaboration.
The schedule of the RKU visit this year were:
13 – 15 February: DKI Jakarta
16 February: Banten
18 – 19 February:
- Group A: Surabaya, East Java
- Group B: Palembang, South Sumatra
21 – 23 February:
- Group A: Solo, Central Java
- Group B: Lampung
27 – 29 February:
- Group A: Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan
- Group B: Banda Aceh, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam
4 – 6 March: Bandung, West Java